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president obama vows to take action against guns and a culture of violence and faces some tough questions from one of our own. >> this is not the first issue, the first incident of horrific gun violence of your four years. where have you been? >>> from the global resources of abc news, with cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, and terry moran in washington, this is a special edition of "nightline" -- tragedy at sandy hook, the search for solutions. >>> good evening. i'm terry moran. today the shattered community of newtown, connecticut, mourned the young teacher who died trying to protect her first grade class, while school districts across the country are now beefing up security. in the wake of this tragedy, schools nationwide are grappling with the difficult questions about keeping their students safe, including the debate over arming teachers with guns. here's alex perez. >> reporter: she came face to face with unthinkable horror and fought to save her first graders. laid to rest today, 27-year-old sandy hook teacher vicki soto. those remembers her we're green rib
crusade. he said it is time for president obama to take actions and for the nra to get out of the way. >> columbine. >> virginia tech. >> today the call for tougher gun laws got some star power. an a-list of hollywood celebrities teaming up to release this new video. >> demand a plan. >> right now. >> have people been coming up to you on this issue? >> oh, yeah. >> this is the man behind it, new york city mayor bloomberg, more determined than ever in his fight against gun violence. his number one target the nra. >> what would you like the nra to know? >> that i think the public has finally come to the conclusion we are going to do the this whether you like it or not and connecticut is because of some of their actions. >> you hold them responsibility. >> i hold you and me responsibility. we didn't pay attention to what our legislators were doing. we have let our society, our country degenerate to the point where we have a murder rate that you cannot compare it to other countries. you can't put it on the same scale. >> the nra believes that it is working in the best interest of the amer
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should know your school's action plan. no your school's alert system for parents and create or review your family's action plan. if you you aren't familiar with these plans, today is a good day to start learning about them and asking about them because they expect a lot of questions from parents. >> kristen: since friday, here in the bay area, it was a weekend filled with memorials to remember the victims of sandy hook. in san francisco, st. mary's cathedral dedicated regular sunday mass to families in connecticut. in other cities, numerous vigils and memorials to the victims as people come to terms with the tragedy. tonight at 7:00 there will be a service of o the peninsula. it will take at first presbyterian church in burlingame. >> two key senators are calling for more restrictions on assault rifles. joe lieberman wants a commission to review national gun laws and national health system. he wants to close loopholes that allows gun buyers to avoid background checks. california senator dianne feinstein wants a vote on a assault weapons ban on the first day the congress is in session.
friday shows the community very concerned about vishlgs people beginning to take action to reduce violence in this city. >> oakland mayor says she's hoping to hold another buy back soon because many people showed up on saturday, they ran out of money. >> there was just enough rain z÷ umbrellas open and puddle dodging going on near union square this afternoon. sandhya patel is here now to let us know. >> i would hang onto it. live doppler 7 hd showing you we do have showers left, really host of these winding down. there is mountain view area is just starting to wind down. now, into5u route 88 and 4. 80 not requiring controls, winter storm warning is going until midnight tonight. so just keep that in mind. couple more inches expected so xm inches have fallen. and there will be more coming. so more storms dmu this week. when will you need umbrellas? what will christmas eve look like? >> thank you very much. with proliferation of home solar systems, warn goinging out about cold snap sandhya is talking about. cracked pipes are a possibility. abc 7 news is live in san jose to explain w
action. we know that lies are at stake and if there is an immediate shooting, our officers gather and engage. >> overall there was very little panic at local schools but definitely a solemn news that made parents want to be closer to their children today. >>> thanks very much. >>> there is a vigil of one in san jose we want to share with you. remarkable picture, the mother shared this photo. the little girl lighting a candle. some just his change. san jose loves connecticut. that is sandy hook elementary school. >> we have a lot more as the tragedy unfolds. stay with us for continuing coverage. receive urgent updates by downloading our free news app and opting for a push notification. find the latest at abc7news.com and updating our facebook page and also on twitter. >> we're going to move on. there are some changes in our weather as we hit the weekend. meteorologist sandhya patel is here with the latest on the forecast. >> the rain we had today is long go gone but more rain coming in. live doppler 7 hd, shows you what it is look like, skies are clearing out other than a few cloud
naturally. don't wait to feel great. miralax. >>> and now, "20/20" anchor chris cuomo goes into action, investigating some people who can ruin a family christmas. it is a new scam, with a new target, children who want puppies. and chris found out there are con artists stealing a lot of money. >> reporter: cole turner is a texas firefighter who was looking for a puppy for his 7-year-old little boy, ty, after their beloved dog was killed by a coyote. cole decided to go big this time. a great dane. >> so, maybe it wouldn't be such an appetizing thing to a coyote. >> reporter: turner found and online breeder, wired $600. but on the agreed-to day for delivery, no dog. and one brokenhearted boy. >> i really would like to find out who did this, who took my money? who made my son cry? >> reporter: turns out that online breeder was just a front. the turners had fallen prey to a huge international puppy-selling scam. based in nigeria, by men like these, shot by abc news. so, we went hunting for these ba-humbug brokers and found one offering french bulldog puppies. i'd like the dog as soon as pos
's and into the food court. >> everything became so real. it was a lot like virginia tech and the actions at columbine. he came in with a hockey mask on. came in with the intent to kill. >> the latest in a long line of tragedies this year. brandi hitt joins us live on the phone from portland. brandi, good morning. what can you tell us, now, about the shooter himself? >> reporter: good morning, rob. well, the shooter, as you've been hearing, was wearing that hockey mask. and also, camouflage, along with a bullet-proof vest. he ended up shooting and killing himself. and police are expected to announce the gunman's name some time this morning. we heard that it was a young man. there's a newspaper report that says he's 22 years old. but there's no confirmation just yet. so, there's a lot of questions, including why would he do this? especially during this busy shopping season. we're also hearing reports of little kids taking pictures with santa at the mall when the shots were fired. >> oh, brandi. three casualties, including the gunman, who took his own life. but there's also a woman in the hospital. what
from sandy hook elementary. last night, the president assured them he will take action, saying they are not alone. and, as we said, this week here at abc news, we will join the search for answers about gun violence in america. but we do begin this evening in a community that is shattered but holding on, and abc's dan harris, who has been there from the start, watched as the funerals began today. dan? >> reporter: diane, good evening. this growing carpet of cards and flowers and teddy bears behind me is a symbol of a community that is hoping, in the words of one of the signs here, that love will get them through this. first, though, they need to get through the funerals, which began today. today, in newtown, a funeral for 6-year-old noah pozner, who was eulogized as a boy who liked animals, video games and mexican food. he used to tell people he worked in a taco factory. at his funeral, an onlooker collapsed as the procession passed. inside, his mother shared stories that had everyone in tears. >> when she told him, i love you, his answer was, not as much as i love you. >> repor
, shielding gunmakers from certain legal actions. a major investment firm, meanwhile, yesterday, announced it was dropping its stake in the company. >>> and one hint of how heated the rhetoric over gun control could get came on piers morgan's cnn show a few hours ago. his guest, the director of gun owners of america. it has rocketed around facebook and twitter overnight. >> i honestly don't understand why you would rather have people be victims of a crime than be able to defend themselves. it's incomprehensible. >> you're an unbelievably stupid man, aren't you? >> it seems to me you're morally obtuse. >> i know why sales of weapons have been soaring in the last few days. it's down to idiots like you. mr. pratt, thank you for joining me. >> your high-level argument. >> you don't understand the phrase high-level argument. you are a dangerous man, espousing dangerous nonsense. >> heated moments there. piers morgan has devoted several shows to the issue of gun control. >>> coming up later on "good morning america," we'll take you inside the so-called safest school in america. students are prot
a resounding call to action. >> this is not some washington commission. >> reporter: the president announced a powerful team of cabinet members, now have the new task of creating immediate reforms to prevent more shootings. and the vice president isn't wasting any time in getting to action. today, planning to convene a meeting of top law enforcement officials from all around the country, trying to brainstorm a way forward. live in sandy hook, mark greenblatt. rob and sunny, back to you. >> the fallout from the tragedy, remarkable. thank you for the live report. >>> and the sides placing new restrictions on so-called assault weapons. the white house is also looking at other solutions to the nation's gun problem. among the considerations, better funding for mental health counseling. also, steps to keep society from glamorizing guns and violence. the president is promising to send the idea to congress by the end of january. >>> in response to the washington talk about gun control, sales are surging at gun shops. a store in charlotte, north carolina, wracked up more than $1 million in sales in j
to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> the hour for immediate action is here. it is now. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically, self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: there are signs of progress. mitch mcconnell and harry reid have agreed to spend the next 24 hours trying to come to a bipartisan agreement on a smaller fallback plan to keep at least some taxes from going up. after the meeting, house democrat leader nancy pelosi told us she's at least a little encouraged. >> it was constructive. as i say, candor is constructive, and i think it moved us forward, but we'll see. >> reporter: it was the first meeting with the president and all the congressional leaders in six weeks. it follows an impasse that has shaken wall street, the dow down more than 400 points since talks stalled last week. and on main street, business owners like drew greenblatt, who owns a wire basket manufacturing company in baltimore, say the coming fiscal cliff is already causing pain because they just don't know what will happen to their taxes. >> right now we're doing our
. are these real? we find out the answers tonight. >>> good evening. we begin with the promise of action in the wake of tragedy. president obama saying today he will use all the powers of his office to help americans work together to end an epidemic of gun violence in this country. so, what will the president do first? abc's jake tapper was there and questioned the president today. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. after years of what critics charge has been not much discussion and even less action on the issue of addressing gun violence, today, president obama said that the tragedy at sandy hook changed everything, and now focusing on these issues will be at the forefront of his agenda. the president promised action. >> so, i will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. we won't prevent them all, but that can't be an excuse not to try. >> reporter: he pledged that his administration would look at the mental health, education, cultural and gun control aspects of this tragedy. and to head the effort, he appointed vice p
into action when shots were fired. >> she locked the door and put our -- taped a piece of white tape over the window of the door, and then she told to us go in the corner. 19 people in our class. and she saved all of us. >> third grader tori came home safely to her mother, thanks to her teach rer's rapid response. we'll have more on the heroes. >> president obama will attend a memorial service tomorrow night in newtown in his saturday radio address, the president called for action. >> we have to come together and we're going to have to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this from happening. >> vigils honoring those killed are being held around the nation, including right here in the bay area. cornell bernard is live at grace cathedral. >> the choirs have been performing holiday concerts here for decades, but tonight the concerts have become a solemn dedication to the connecticut shooting victims. ♪. reporter: the special arrangement of silent night had a new meaning, dedicated to the victims of the shooting and so was the entire holiday concert at the cathedral. >> th
are standing by for a conversation on what happened and why to cuss what it means to take meaningful action, that's president obama's phrase and a shattering moment of mindlessness. >>> the latest on the investigation, brian ross our chief investigative correspondent and, brian, investigators are beginning to piece together what happened in that terrifying ten minutes in the school. >> that's right, george, they say they are making good progress in knowing much of the how, although less of the why of the stunning crime. in particular, they are focusing on the weapons used, there were three weapons recovered, two handguns and a semiautomatic assault-style rifle that authorities believe was owned actually by adam lanza's mother, nancy. her friends say she was a gun enthusiast who bought the weapons for self-defense when she was divorced and lived in a large home by herself and often took her sons, her friends say, to a nearby firing range for target practice. >> so they confirm that the weapons belonged to her, but there had also been some reports, at least one in the "l.a. times" that the sh
. >> she talks about the heroic actions of her teacher. >> what do you remember? what happened? >> we got to school and did everything we needed to and then we heard this racket at a classroom. we were all scared. then we heard them say go in your cubbies. >> everybody went to their cubbies? >> uh-huh. >> did you hear any more bad noises? >> yes. >> while that was going on your teacher was reading you books and keeping you calm? >> yeah. >> you have a good teacher don't you? >> uh-huh. >> you love your teacher? >> yes. >> did your teacher seem nervous? >> no. >> she just kept her calm and told you a story. >> uh-huh. >> you remember which one? >> she read us the nut cracker and another book that was about christmas. >> i love the nut cracker. do you love it? >> yes. >> i am afraid of the mouse king. ill scary. let's be honest, right? not just me. you are in there, how do you leave the classroom? >> we got in a line and we had our close our eyes. >> you had to close your eyes? >> yes. >> and when you opened them where were you? >> we were walking down to the fire station. >> what happened
. >> southwest settles a class action lawsuit. find out what it will >> eric: good monday morning, 5:14, a live look from rooftop camera. you see the bay and bay bridge in the background. there is light rain scattered around the bay area. we will show some of that to you and mike will show you the forecast with live doppler 7-hd. >> discussion about a controversial soccer field project, it continues when city council meets this evening. the proposed property is opposed by environmental groups and some residents. concerns include the impact on wildlife and airport safety issues. supporters say the city needs more athletic fields. the project is supported by a 5-1 vote from the planning commission. >> southwest airlines has settled a lawsuit worth an estimated $29 million for drink vouch there's didn't have an expiration date. the class action suit covers 6 million unredeemed drink tickets. it's when southwest changed their policy because people were abusing the system by using photocopies of the vouchers. >>> with america accelerating to the so-called fiscal cliff. budget negotiations are pickin
said goodbye to the uss enterprise which was deactivated in virginia today. it's seen action in every major conflict since the cuban missile crisis. the military will remove its nuclear fuel and then scrap it for parts. >> ahead, making the holidays special for those in need. an effort kicks off to provide toys to some 3,000 bay area children this holiday season. >> and taking a live look at live doppler 7hd, tracking the third storm to hit the bay area this week. meteorologist leighkx ñ >> ama: nancy pelosi has been recognized for her work the fight against aids. she was honored during a world aids day ceremony this afternoon in golden gate park. she was recognized for he volunteer work and for helping create the memorial. the group also awarded a scholarship to a woman who teaches teens about a.i.d.s. >> the bridge between the older generation and the youth could be -- i don't know any youth who want to sit down with a 40-year-old and talk about hiv, so i'm the bridge and make them feel comfortable. >> the event kicked off a attempt to raise money for the national dough mades memor
will have to wait for now. this morning the u.s. supreme court took no action on prop 8. the justices were expected to announce whether they will review the legality of prop 8. the high court also took no action on several cases involving the u.s. defense of marriage act which denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples. the next conference will take place try day >>> oscar grant case in court again today unarmed oakland man shot to death by police officer johannes mehserle in 2009. officers for other officers involved in that shooting are appealing a federal judge's ruling they are not immune from liability in the family's civil suit against bart. the jury found mehserle guilty of involuntary manslaughter. >>> head of muni has a plan to appease critics of the city's central subway plan. muni chief wants to extent the central line through chinatown north along stockton street into north beach. he wants a station built at old pagoda theater on columbus and powell. north beach residents have been vocal about the disruption. the current plan calls for tunneling to extend into the area
, kate stroking a baby. the palace had to swing into action and release the information earlier than they probably had intended. kate is less than 12 weeks pregnant. prime minister david cameron got tipped off earlier today. >> i got a note in a meeting, and found it difficult to keep it to myself. >> reporter: three decades since the media and masses were in a frenzy about princess diana's pregnancy with william. >> diana very charmingly told everyone and she said i've got the most dreadful morning sickness. diana suffered from it too and totally, totally miserable at the beginning of her pregnancy. >> reporter: this media will create a media storm, tonight already clamoring outside the hospital. >> and when it came to royal parenting, diana, they laughed together and tight bond that charles wasn't fortunate to have with his mother when he was a child, she was busy being queen, it was a different world and time. i think we'll see a lot more of the diana-style parenting from kate than the old-fashioned way charles had. >> reporter: they spent much of the last year celebrating the que
will take action to remove the carcass. the remains will stay until time and mother nature take their toll. >>> scientists in the antarctic will explore a portion of the planet cut off from the rest of the world for 500,000 years. they set up a camp at a remote area to search for ancient life. this is video from the expedition. crews will drill through two miles of ice to reach the lake below. scientist hope to find species that can teach them about the earth's past climate. >> what we find will be interesting. we could find any number of microbial life and that will be very interesting itself, to find out how those mine croaks are surviving in such an extremely tough condition. >> the temperature averages 13 below zero. >>> the eight-day jewish festival known at hanukkah begins tonight in san francisco the first candle on 25-foot ma hag now menorah will be lit tonight. this is a live look at the celebration at union square. handcar the festival of lights, comet rates the jewish uprising in the second center bc, one candle is lit each day until the holiday is over. >> another sign of the h
way professor co-authored prop 209, ending affirmative action preferences in public sector. >> you're asking taxpayers to subsidize people here illegally. i i that this is the wrong way to go. >> some people just feel if anyone didn't go through the proper process, that they don't belong here. that is a view i can't do anything about that. these are talented people. and in the current era we cannot afford to waste this talent. >> and chancellor has also created the middle class access fund which offers grants to middle class families and a program helping former foster kids attending uc berkeley. in his words, we'll continue to protect the middle class and our most-disadvantaged students. >> thank you very much.ípu this is a devicive topic, you can join join by going to facebook.com/abc 7 news to tell us how you feel. >> the governor is working on a law reducing the number of undocumented immigrants deported. according to california watch, the governor met with the sheriff association to talk and this law would allow them to hold people just for criminal charges not immigration s
glass. >> i think the industry will take it on. there has been at least one class action lawsuit that we know of and i think that they will change and they will educate the public. >> but she would like to see more. the fireplace industry did just launch a consumer education campaign. you can find a link at our web site, abc7news.com. the family has a personal injury lawsuit still in the works and they're part of a class action which is also still in process. dan, carolyn? >> heather, thanks. >>> with her support fading on capitol hill, susan rice took herself out of the running to be the next secretary of state. rice had been considered one of the front runners for the job to be vacated next year by hillary clinton. but rice has come under fire for citing faulty intelligence on the attack in benghazi, libya, in which can a bay area diplomat was killed, along with three others. although she was never form leal nominated for the job, rice submitted a letter to president obama today predicting that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly. the president issued a sta
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night, president obama spoke to the community in pain vowing to take action using the power of his office to make sure that another massacre like this happens again. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. >> after they are laid arrest res today the rest of the children will be buried later this week. >>> this morning, we're hearing a new story of survival. sandy hook school nurse is talking for the first time about the moment when she said she knew something terrible was happening. in an exclusive interview she said she heard loud upcoming noises and hid under her compute desk. >> i could see him from the knees down. >> right in front of you? >> 20 feet away, his boots were facing my desk and then he turned around walked out. i heard the door close. >> she and the school secretary called 911 and stay lid en for almost four hours. they were petrified and didn't know how many shooters there were. >> there is are in details about the gunman. a spokesman says lanza took classes there when she was just 16 even earning some a's but eventually dropping out. faculty member he suffered a condit
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hours we'll be okay, especially christmas eve. kind of a little bit of a break we have in the action, and otherwise live doppler 7hd starting to show a little more activity developing north of the golden gate bridge. you can into snowfall -- you can into some of the isolated showers. fairfield, lower lake county and also done down toward pet human -- petaluma, rain breaking out, and san ramon, a little rain towards towards towards th, and rain breaking out near morgan hill. all of this is moving from west to east, so moving towards the foothills in the next 20 minutes. so here is what you can expect. scattered showers tonight. the heavy rain picks up tomorrow morning. very strong winds as well. the good news is that looks like at it going to be a fast mover. we'll see some clearing sunday night and right now it will be dry for christmas eve. so that is a bit of good news. >> i want to show you the front that moved through this morning there it went. this is a little bit of clearing we're in right now. check out what is coming. that's our sunday storm. let's get right to our forecast
changed tactics. >> if there is a violent incidents ongoing, active shooter we make immediate action. we know that lives are at stake. if there is immediacy, our 8ht:sb to gather and engage. >> as schools chief says, single most effective security measure of all is awareness that, is what they tell students. if you notice something, tell an adult. call 911. thank you. >> schools around the bay trying to help students and staff deal with this tragedy n union city, school district officials consoled each other. one psychologist figuring older kids were likely to learn about the connecticut shooting through social media. she also helped to craft an e mail to go staff and teacher as cross the district. >> look for in students that might, this might have a big impact on wh. to refer them for services. >> in oakland, administrators say they're trying to give out information without drama tiesing it and trying to reassure students they have many people looking out for them. >> so, once again air, shooting massacre rekindling long running debate in this country, being talked about with renewed v
congresswoman taking action today to help america's school security in the wake of the connecticut tragedy. president obama is about to detail a sweeping effort to curb gun violence. katie marzullo is live in the newsroom with the latest. >> reporter: the issues of school safety and gun control came up shortly after friday's shooting. this morning heavy hitters announcing real plans. 7 a.m. senator boxer will talk about her new legislation to strengthen security at schools. it will provide state and local officials with new resources and tools to help secure campuses. at 8:45, president obama will outline steps his administration will take to tighten gun restrictions that could include a ban on assault-style weapons. the president is putting vice president biden in charge of that. in connecticut today, more funerals. teacher victoria soto will be laid to rest, parents will bury more children. parents say they take comfort in the thought their daughter is with her friends. >> i envision all of them holding hands, they are all together up there with the wonderful principal. >> reporter: the
the ball in the court and says the house will take action on whatever the senate can pass. the president has spoken to senate and house leaders from both parties but had no plans to meet with congressional leaders tonight or tomorrow. >> three people have filed a federal lawsuit against city of san francisco arks kusing the police department of conducting illegal searches. this occurred at the henry hotel. saying police officers entered room was a master key provided by the hotel, then, began searching through personal belongings without warrants or just cause. thist@2p is camera footage of te searches by public defender last year. the suit filed by civil rights attorney john buress naming four officers. >> a slew of new laws set to hit the books january 1 from new rules on the road to sales tax increases for sm.=i=r? we're live to preview some of the new rules and laws. nannette? californians taxes will go up in just a few days. the income tax will go up for high earners and sales tax going up for everyone. >> shoppers still getting their fill with after christmas sale buzz sales tax wi
about the heroic actions of her teacher. >> what do you remember? what happened? >> we got to school. we did everything we needed to and then we heard all this racket at our classroom. we were all scared. then we heard them say go in your cubbies. >> everybody went in their cubbies. >> did you hear any more bad noises. >> yes. >> while that was going on your teacher was reading you books and keeping you calm. >> yeah. >> you have a good teacher don't you? >> uh-huh. >> you love your teacher. >> uh-huh. >> did you teacher seem nervous? >> no. >> she kept her calm and told you a story. >> uh-huh. >> do you remember which one? >> she read us the nut cracker and another book that was about christmas. >> i love the nut cracker. do you love it? >> yes. >> i am afraid of the mouse king. little scary let's be honest, right? it's not just me. so you are in there, how do you leave the classroom? >> we got in a line and we had to close our eyes. >> you had to close your eyes? >> yes. >> when you opened them where were you? >> we were walking down to the fire station. >> what happened there today ha
the president suggested he might take some action. >> we're going to have to come together to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this regardless of the politics. >> the only action we know for sure he would take is this one. >> this evening, michelle and i will do what i know every parent in america will do, which is hug our children a little tighter, and we'll tell them that we love them. and we'll remind each other how deeply we love one another. >> reporter: earlier tonight, the president was scheduled to spend time with the first lady and first daughters, we're presuming that hug took place. house speaker john boehner announced that he would forego the traditional weekly republican address so the president could speak for the entire nation at this time of mourning. >> all right, jake, reporting in from the white house. >>> still ahead here on "world news," more from the tragedy of the elementary school. we asked the experts, the fbi profilers, about the men behind these gun assaults. and we'll tell you what they told us today. >>> today's tragedy comes on the heels of t
rifles and high-capacity magazines. and bloomberg has a cavalcade of stars demanding action. >> demand a plan. >> reporter: but the nra is making clear, that plan had better not infringe on the right of gun owners. for "good morning america," pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >> battle lines are clearly drawn. we'll get more on that story, coming up in the broadcast. >>> let's get over to ron for the latest headlines. >> hey, there. good morning, everyone. three people have been arrested for the deadly explosion that devastated an indiana neighborhood last month. the homeowner and boyfriend. there was evidence that the gas lines were tampered with. >>> and a federal judge has given final approval to bp's settlement on the massive oil spill in the gulf of mexico. the oil giant has estimated it will take $7.8 billion to help out businesses and individuals affected by the oil spill. >>> and the tennis umpire who was accused of murdering her husband has her job back. prosecutors dropped the case last month against her because of insufficient evidence. goodman was suspended from her job
. this is not an armed drone. if the iranians brought it down, the u.s. will see that as a very aggressive action. last month, the iranians tried to shoot down a u.s. drone in the same place. almost exactly a year ago, the iranians brought down a high-tech drone, one used by the cia. that was inside iranian territory. as you said, this will raise tensions in a very sensitive area. u.s. has thousands of service members in the gulf, just a few miles from iran. and the u.s. continues to accuse iran of trying to develop a nuclear weapon. ron? paula? >> nick schifrin with the latest from london. thank you, nick. we'll see you in just a moment. >>> also from london, kate middleton, the duchess of cambridge, is hospitalized there, for a second day. doctors are keeping a close eye on the 30-year-old future queen of england, whose pregnancy was announced just yesterday. >> now, kate is suffering from a rare and severe form of morning sickness. the palace says she is expected to stay in the hospital for several days and will need a period of rest when she's released. we'll have more from london on the royal baby
the high-stakes weekend scramble friday night, imploring congressional leaders to take action immediately. >> the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: with that harry reid and mitch mcconnell launched a last-ditch effort to craft a bipartisan plan to that would at the very least, protect most people from a big tax hike going into effect on new year's day. the senators and their staffs negotiated all day saturday. saturday night republican leader mcconnell made his offer. by this morning, a clear sense of optimism and warnings that failure would be unthinkable. >> there are certainly no breakthroughs yet, but there's a real possibility of a deal. >> if we are not able to reach an agreement, it will be dire. >> reporter: but the morning's optimism turned into the afternoon's pessimism. the senate opened for business at 1:00 p.m. with the ominous prayer from the chaplain. >> look with favor on our nation and save us from self-inflicted wounds. >> reporter: soon democratic leader reed acknowledged he had not bee
. it's called leo watch and will be available for $200. >> the president promising swift action in the aftermath of the connecticut tragedy. a solution involving more than just gun control. >> a new stalemate over tax hikes and spending cuts. a potential impact that could send the country over the fiscal cliff. >> zero dark thirty. the hunt for osama bin laden. our don sanchez liked it but it's not winning awards on capitol hill. >>> the president has announced a task force to take on the job of tightening gun controls. will head the group. é@m?çatthews is here with week we've been hearing gun control activists calling for tighter controls and some gun rights members are joining them. the president promised action on several fronts. >> the president started by saying this task force will produce change into is not something where folks are going to be studying for six months and publishing a report. that gets read, then... push add side. >> the president wants congress to vote next year on an assault weapons ban. a ban on high capacity clips and closing the gun show loophole
on this shooting. we ree action from local firefighters who are obviously stunned. >> reporter: investigators in new york are trying to hammer out the details but the shooter may have sparked the house fire and waited for firefighters to arrive and then started shooting >> what should have been a radio call to coordinate an early morning fire fight is a call for help. four firefighters were targeted by a shooter. two were killed. gunman may have set the fire to lure emergency crews there. >> it does appear that it was a trap that was set for responding for first responders. >> they identified the shooter as 63-year-old william spangler. the guns were illegally acquired because he is felon. he committed suicide after s.w.a.t. teams arrived. it shocked emergency workers across the country. fire chief got the news while doing an annual toy drive. >> fire teams across the bay area regularly coordinate with local police departments to make sure certain situations are safe but never been directly targeted. >> we don't know how firefighters have changed their protocol into running into a burning bui
this evening. where and what you can expect. plus southwest settles a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit. are you on the receiving end? that's tonight on abc news at 11:00. and stepping out. the duchess of cambridge's first public appearance since >>> the duchess of came brag made her -- cambridge made her first appearance since her hospitalization. the former kate middleton was a presenter at a sports show in london. the duchess seemed composed and comfortable. she and prince william are expecting their first child. the duchess was hospitalized for acute morning sickness. >>> deputies are investigating a fatal collision between a pedestrian and train near hayward. it happened near west blossom way and times avenue around 7:00. th is just outside the hayward city limits. the tracks were shutdown while authorities investigated. the authorities have not released the identity of the victim. >>> two people managed to walk away from a car fire today. alan wang shot this video. he was there before the fire department arrived on scene. the accident happened just before 4:00 this afternoon. the
. a little bit of storm action still in the northeast. i'll talk about that later. but so far, the annual migration over the river and through the woods is on. the hub on the travel wheel is turning again at chicago's o'hare. can you believe how short the line is? >> i'm so happy. >> i thought it would be a little worse. >> reporter: after that storm blanketed the landscape from washington to wisconsin, with preholiday drama. >> a lot of consolations. two delays. missed one plane by three minutes. >> reporter: the extreme weather team met the mess in iowa, where a whiteout led to one of many interstate shutdowns. a blowing snow problem. we were just about to turn around. and then, everyone came to a stop. safely, i should say. but we just learned that there is a major pileup, some 20, 30 miles ahead of us. this could be the backup. 24 hours later, the skies cleared. but the blizzard left us inches along. we're going east on i-80, going about 20 miles per hour. while we crept, the stranded slept. and some stewed. >> this is the fourth time i've been to each desk. since i missed my flight.
. but one amazing young man has taken action. >> and he has been for years, in fact. that's because he's a survivor of another school shooting and has travelled the country to reveal just how easy it is to put lethal firepower in just about anybody's hands. abc's terry moran has more. >> reporter: this heartbreaking season continues in newtown. this season of funerals. as the country struggles to make sense of the horror, there's a voice you should hear. >> i know what it's like. it's the worst day of their life. it's chaotic. it's hopeless. [ sirens blaring ] >> reporter: colin knows what it's like to be in a classroom when an armed madman bursts in and starts shooting people. colin was a student at virginia tech. >> it was the most terrifying nine and a half minutes of my entire life. >> reporter: he was hit by four bullets. three of them are still in him. weeks after the shooting, he recalled those moments. >> the shooter came inside, and we were all on the ground, not moving, not making a scene at all. just lying there, acting -- playing dead, almost every one of us. yeah, it's bee
call it voting with your feet. they're walking out. we can't strike or do job actions. so the only way to send a leave. >> the mayor says the city has fewer officers than 10 years ago. the budget increased and the city needs to rain in those costs. san jose voters support read form measures. the union says it did not anticipate the experiodus it's aggressive fiscal reform. >> police trying to find a serial rapist in richmond. >> the rapist changed his appearance when he forced a woman into his car. the next reported attack was on november toth. he followed a woman trying to coax her into his car. police say he forced a woman into the car and attacked her at knife point. witnesses say he's driving a white sedan, similar to a nissan altima. it may have a child seat in the back. >> police say a teenager on the run two months is under arrest after a shooting this, this was the scene on september poth. a red dodge charger ran off the road and went into the bushes in belmont. police say the 18-year-old is under arrest. he's accused of shooting at three people, still trying to figure out if t
southwest settles a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit. are you on the receiving end? that's tonight on abc news at 11:00. and stepping out. the duchess of cambridge's first public appearance since >>> the duchess of came brag made her -- cambridge made her first appearance since her hospitalization. the former kate middleton was a presenter at a sports show in london. the duchess seemed composed and comfortable. she and prince william are expecting their first child. the duchess was hospitalized for acute morning sickness. >>> deputies are investigating a fatal collision between a pedestrian and train near hayward. it happened near west blossom way and times avenue around 7:00. th is just outside the hayward city limits. the tracks were shutdown while authorities investigated. the authorities have not released the identity of the victim. >>> two people managed to walk away from a car fire today. alan wang shot this video. he was there before the fire department arrived on scene. the accident happened just before 4:00 this afternoon. the driver lost control while exiting highway 24 a
take immediate action. we know that lives are at stake. if there is an immediate pro problem, our officers are told to gather and engage. >> this morning, president obama is using his weekly address to ask all americans to keep the victims of violence in mind. >> as a nation, we have endured far too many of these tragedies in the last few years. an elementary school in newtown, a shopping mall in oregon, a house of worship in wisconsin, a movie theater in colorado, countless street corners and places like chicago and philadelphia, any of these neighborhoods could be our own. we have to come together and we're going to have to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this from happening. >> the president asked each american to extend a hand to families in their own communities. >> as developments continue to unfold in connecticut, receive urgent updates by downloading an app. we are constantly updating the school tragedy on our twitter feed, as well. also "abc 7 news" web team is sending out updates. sign up for a breaking newsletter at abc7news.com. up next, new calls
: president obama called for immediate action but there was no vote in the senate. >> we're going to come in at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, and we'll have further announcements perhaps at 11:00 in the morning. i certainly hope so. >> reporter: minority leader mitch mcconnell called vice president biden in for help. biden is now said to be playing a direct role. >> there's no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. the sticking point appears to be a willingness and interest or frankly the courage to close the deal. >> reporter: if congress doesn't act soon, drastic spending cuts will go into effect and taxes go up for everyone. the tax impact for the average american family, more than $3,400. senate leaders continued to work on the stop gap bill. but sticking points remain. >> there's still significant difference between the two sides. but negotiations continue. >> reporter: reid said negotiations will continue through the night, with just hours left until that deadline. john and paula? >> preeti, thank you. >> so they are working right now, hopefully on something -- senat
many tragedies and says meaningful action needs to be taken to prevent incidents like it regardless of the politic autos abc 7 news viewers expressing condolences to those touched by the tragedy on our face book page, we invite to you share your thoughts. >> but it's very difficult to express with words how devastating this tragedy is. >> yes. wayne freedman shows us the moments of raw emotion today, between headlines. >> this is the day when the names sandy hook elementary school and newtown, connecticut changed forever. once obscure, they're now infamous. >> like you, you know, you read it in the paper and see it in the news, you're like, oh, my god, then, you heard something happened close to home. it's like... i think i'm still in shock. >> but relieved shock as difficult as this story is too believe, imagine living it. learning your child's fate in bits and pieces. >> my neighbor heard gunshots. and then, i just said to her don't worry. she said no. i called the school, no one answered. >> someone came into the room and shotju4u a teacher. that is all i know. sorry. >> i just
action to prevent more tragedies, to save future children. >> because what choice do we have? are we prepared to say such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? >> reporter: but a couple hundred people who marched from capitol hill to the offices of the national rifle association, and new york city michael bloomberg standing with victims of gun violence, there is one issue to confront -- access to guns. >> this is just ridiculous. this is an outrage. we are killing each other. and we're the only industrialized country in the world doing it. >> reporter: proposals being pushed in congress include reinstating the ban on certain types of semiautomatic rifles, which expired in 2004. and banning high capacity magazines. even some gun stalwarts such as west virginia democratic senator joe manchin sounded a bit more compromising. >> i don't know anyone in the sporting or hunting arena that goes out with an assault rifle. i don't know anybody that needs 30 rounds in a clip to go hunting. >> reporter: white house officials say the pres
.s. may be forced to take action. >> reporter: the latest intelligence is alarming. officials telling abc news the u.s. is now seeing specific signs that the syrian regime may be preparing to use the chemical sarin against opposition forces. sarin is an extremely toxic substance that can kill a person in a matter of minutes with only one drop. the victims suffocated from the paralyzing effects of the toxin. this new intelligence has the obama administration so concerned, harsh warnings came today from the president himself. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable. >> reporter: a senior official tells abc news that there are contingency plans for military action if the weapons became a threat. the syrian regime said today it would not use chemical weapons under any circumstance, but president assad's father used them, diane, and assad himself has been m
not be held accountable for their actions. if we're citizens we're held accountable when we have jobs and for our actions. and these officers who murder people should be held accountable. >> but mehserle attorney says he acted reasonable and consistently with the law. >> and in order for mr. mezerilee to be on the lawsuit in that shooting the court has to have determined his conduct shocked the conscience. my argument that that is not the case here. >> a ruling is not expected for at least two months. >> a special visitor in san francisco tonight to eat eet a little humble pie. abc 7 news is live tonight at the home of world series champion san francisco giants. hi, carolyn. nice to have the mayor in town. >> yes. both mayors have mustaches and being encouraged to shave if they're on the losing end of the deal. both declined to do that. detroit dave bing was a good sport today. he said he was trying to be honorable in defeat. detroit mayor and first lady, dave and eve yet bing arrived ready for him to take good on a losing bet. >> are you here under dures? >> absolutely. but it's hist
be ready to take action. here's abc's senior national correspondent jim avila. >> it was just grand. this was our dream. >> reporter: the family home, dream and nest egg for wisconsin's linda and jim mcmahon. until it had to be sold out from under linda to pay back a reverse mortgage as soon as her husband died. >> i get a letter, sorry to hear about your husband passing away. buy the house or move out. >> reporter: reverse mortgages give homeowners an immediate cash payment in exchange for future equity. allowing them to stay in the house until death. but only people 62 and older qualify. linda was too young to be on the mortgage, so, when her older husband died, she lost everything. it's only one danger inherent in the reverse mortgage. >> hi, i'm fred thompson. >> hi, i'm henry winkler. >> reporter: critics say the tv commercials prey on vulnerable seniors. and today, the government is warning that reverse mortgages are not free money. >> turn their equity into tax free cash. >> give you tax free cash. >> they are not being told about the down side. >> reporter: right now in amer
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